Jerome and Teresa High Horse have been hosting JFA student trips for 3 years. Families Working Together is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit that helps families on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Many families wouldn't receive food or help with FWT. Bob and Mary Epps sold their home in Wisconsin and moved there last year to help run FWT.
This year was the first time we stayed in their new building, complete with a girls dorm and a boys dorm. The students worked hard filling food bags for the Crazy Horse Elementary School kids during the day and helped organize and move boxes to the storage attic. Listening to Jerome and Teresa's story, and working with Bob and Mary gave the students a new perspective on life.
The next day we visited the Historical Center on the Oglala Lakota College and learned the story leading up to the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890. We then visited the Wounded Knee grave site and paid our respects. We stopped at Singing Horse Trading Post, ate Lunch at Bette's Kitchen (Bette is a descendant of Black Elk), then drove through the Badlands to see amazing views, and Custer State Park (some buffalo and lots of deer). Thank you very much to Jerome, Teresa, Bob, and Mary for hosting us and giving the JFA students an opportunity to work, learn, and grow!